13 questions and answers on Student Health Contract.
As students arrive on campus, Norwich University is devoted to ensuring their safety and the health and protection of the wider Norwich and Northfield, Vermont, communities. In this effort, students, faculty and staff will sign a contract in which they promise, among other things, to wear face masks, keep 6-foot physical distance and alert health staff if they suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and quarantine if necessary. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in the contract students will sign.
Q: How can I identify COVID-19 symptoms?
A: COVID-19 symptoms include
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea
Q: What should I do if I have these symptoms?
A: You should immediately contact Norwich University’s Student Health Center (802) 485-2552 for additional screening. When you do, you’ll need to cooperate with public-contact tracing.
Q: What should I do if I’ve been in close contact (within 6 feet, unmasked) of someone who is, or becomes COVID-19 positive?
A: You should immediately contact the Norwich University Student Health Center at (802) 485-2552 and follow instructions on isolation, quarantine periods and additional testing/screening.
Q: What happens to my studies if I suddenly must quarantine?
A: You will be able to continue your courses online.
Q: What are the personal protective equipment guidelines?
A: Unless the state of Vermont or Norwich University authorities revise guidance, you must wear a mask or cloth facial covering over your nose and mouth whenever you’re in a public space, indoors or outdoors and when you encounter others and cannot maintain a 6-foot physical distance.
Q: Will campus spaces limit occupancy to ease physical distancing?
A: Yes. Each space in the barracks /residence halls — lounges, latrines, showers — will have specific maximum occupancy rules. Each space will also have applicable visitor policies. Larger spaces, including classrooms, the Kreitzberg Library, weight rooms, exercise areas, White Chapel, Mack Auditorium, Wise Campus Center, meeting rooms, the bookstore, the barbershop, uniform store, the swimming pool and all athletic venues will also have occupancy rules and safety procedures you’ll need to know and follow.
Q: Will I need to be tested periodically for health soundness?
A: Yes, per Vermont Health Department and Norwich University guidelines, you’ll need to have periodic testing, temperature and symptom screening.
Q: Will my movements be limited to campus?
A: Mostly, yes, unless you’re preapproved in writing by the commandant or dean of students. If Vermont’s COVID-19 pandemic guidelines change, these rules may be relaxed.
Q: Will I need to follow physical distancing if I’m allowed off campus?
A: In off-campus settings (whether as a visitor or as a commuter student), you must maintain social distancing with classmates and townspeople from Northfield and surrounding communities.
Q: I’m a commuter student or a residential student with a medically or academically mandated and approved reason for traveling off campus. How can I limit my infection risk?
A: You must give heightened attention to Vermont Health Department and Norwich University guidance about coronavirus prevention. This means reducing exposure to risk by vigilantly wearing a face mask; washing your hands frequently; having daily temperature checks and symptom monitoring; and avoiding large gatherings.
Q: Why is minding these protocols so important?
A: You must take these measures seriously; they will protect the health and well-being of your peers, the campus community, central Vermont and Vermont at large. Disregarding these measures puts the Norwich community at risk.
Q: Will I be disciplined if I don’t follow these health protocols?
A: Yes. You may be subject to discipline and Norwich University might decide you must continue studies off-campus through remote learning.
Q: What if I have questions about these protocols?
A: Contact the office associated with your lifestyle: